Cars & Transportation
Sign up for Zipcar and get a FREE $25 driving credit. Zipcar offers city-dwellers a viable alternative to traditional car ownership. Its hundreds of hubs around the globe make it one of the world’s largest carsharing companies, and once you have a membership you can use its vehicles anywhere – including Europe. Like the locally based nonprofits
I bought my first two cars used. The first, a downmarket European import purchased in a private-party transaction, was about 7 years old and had about 70,000 miles on the odometer. It took me five or six years, and thousands of dollars in repair costs, to drive it into the ground. Faced with the prospect
Despite its popularity, flipping houses isn’t the only way to make money fixing up undervalued assets. If you have the right temperament and know-how, you can also turn a profit flipping cars. I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to successfully buy, fix, and sell old cars. In this guide, I’m going to outline the anatomy
Many college students get by just fine without owning a car. If you’re studying abroad or in a major U.S. city with great public transportation and affordable carsharing, ridesharing and bikesharing options, you might not need a vehicle, especially since traffic congestion and parking restrictions often create big headaches for student car owners. Throwing a car into
The price of gas is nothing if not volatile. Historical data from the Energy Information Administration shows United States retail gasoline prices bouncing around between $3 and $4 per gallon between 2011 and 2014, then falling below $2 per gallon in 2015 and remaining below $3 per gallon through 2020, with another dip below $2
Most Americans own at least one vehicle, or live in a household where someone does. So buying a car is a reality you’ll probably have to face sooner or later — even if you can put it off for a while. Might as well do your best to get a good deal on it, right?
Cars are expensive, so most buyers finance them. They use auto loans to do that. But an auto loan adds a new set of wrinkles to the already annoying car buying process. To avoid getting taken for a ride on your next car purchase, learn how auto loans work and how to avoid their pitfalls.
If you’ve got a reliable car and aren’t prone to locking your keys in your car, are AAA’s fringe benefits enough incentive to make the investment worthwhile? Before you decide, check out AAA’s three membership tiers and loads of driving- and nondriving-related perks to see if it’s right for you.
Lyft is a popular ridesharing app – also known as a transportation network company, or TNC – that’s available in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States. Like Uber’s similar app, Lyft lets you electronically hail cars driven by independent contractors. In practice, it functions a lot like a taxi service, although it’s far more technologically sophisticated and
Whether you choose to buy a new or used car, you can count on one thing: Your ride will lose value immediately after you take possession. Unlike real estate, vehicles are bound by the law of depreciation. They’re depreciating assets, meaning they lose value over time. That said, not all cars depreciate at the same
If you’re a fairly handy person, you probably do simple car repairs yourself, such as changing the oil or replacing headlights. However, for more complex jobs, such as replacing a radiator, you need a mechanic – and it’s worth taking the trouble to find a good one. It takes time and effort to find a mechanic